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(Originally published on www.elmarieberry.com on 21 November 2023) Embrace the essence of minimalism while savouring the rich flavours of De Krans, creating an unforgettable festive experience. A sleek, unadorned table serves as our canvas. A crisp, white tablecloth provides a serene backdrop, allowing the true stars of the special day to shine—the meticulously selected De Krans wines and the company of loved ones. Subtle accents grace the table: minimalist glassware and sleek silverware elegantly complement the setting. A simple centerpiece of fresh, seasonal greenery or delicate blooms adorns the table, adding a touch of nature’s beauty. Our celebration is elevated by the exquisite selection of De Krans wines. The rich, velvety reds,

De Krans Wines is a must–visit destination in Calitzdorp along the popular Route 62. Nestled between the Swartberg mountains, De Krans Wines has much to offer to visitors over the summer and festive season. Known for their award-winning wines, embrace the opportunity to taste the wide range of De Krans wines, from classic varietals such as their Free Run Chenin Blanc or their popular Pinotage Rosé, to their port-style wines.  Not forgetting their dry, natural wines made using Portuguese grapes, such as Touriga Nacional and Verdelho. If you are looking for something sweeter with some fizz for the summer, look no further than the interesting and delicious P&T

De Krans Wines in Calitzdorp once again solidified their reputation as one of SA’s leading port producers, when they were awarded the SA Champion Port-Style wine at the 2023 SA Young Wine Show – the fourth consecutive year. This annual highlight on the awards calender took place on the 25th of August. Dating back to 1833, the SA Young Wine Show gives winemakers the opportunity to showcase the best wines of the current vintage. Participating regions include Robertson, Worcester/Breedekloof, Stellenbosch, Paarl, Oranje-Vaal, Olifants River, Swartland and Little Karoo. The Klein Karoo based producer also took top honours at the Klein Karoo Young Wine Show, for the categories including the

When it was decided that the South African Wine industry can no longer use the word “port” on their labels back in 2011 (similar to not using Champagne, but MCC, because it isn’t made in the Champagne region in France), it was decided by the Cape Port Producers Association (CAPPA) that the word “Cape” will be used, together with the specific style, like Cape Tawny, Cape Ruby, etc. An easy solution, it was initially thought, but it has come as o surprise that the local consumer (with the slight exception of the seasoned, sophisticated wine fundi), isn’t commonly aware of this change and as a result, that a

Summer in a glass. This perfectly describes the award-winning De Krans Pinotage Rosé 2022. Each sip you take you are met with a refreshing, crisp acidity and fruit character of red fruit flavours such as strawberries and candyfloss on the palate. Made for everyday enjoyment this wine can be enjoyed on its own or paired with summer salads and seafood dishes, like cob, seafood paella, seared tuna, or a snoek or salmon terrine.   Rosé as a wine style is still one of the most popular in the wine industry with the De Krans Pinotage Rosé, one of the fastest growing lines in their portfolio, similarly growing in popularity. Whether

As one of South Africa’s leading port producers, De Krans Wines’ commitment to producing quality products has yet again been acknowledged by the South African Wine & Cellar Classifications, which saw De Krans being recognized as one of the Top 100 producers over the past 10 years (2013 – 2022). For the second year running three of De Krans’ wines were included on the list of Top 100 SA Wines. Reaffirming their exceptional quality, the honour was bestowed on the Touriga Naçional, Tritonia Red, and the Cape Vintage Reserve Port. The Cape Vintage Reserve Port also stood out as one of the most successful South African wines over a 10-year

De Krans Wine Cellar, situated in Calitzdorp along the Route 62, has received a 5-star rating for its Muscat Blanc 2022 in the latest edition of the authoritative and internationally recognized Platter’s by Diners Club South African Wine Guide 2023, due for release this month. Furthermore, this wine was also named Dessert Wine of the Year. The results were announced on Thursday, 17 November at an event held in Cape Town, which was attended by producers and media. In addition to this prestigious rating De Krans received five 4 ½ stars and three 4 star-ratings for the following wines in its range: Cape Vintage Reserve 2020 (4 ½ stars)

De Krans has had a phenomenal award season and it only seems fitting to be able to shine the spotlight on the winemaker, Christoff de Wet, for his selection as as one of the six finalists in the 2022 Diners Club Winemaker of the Year. More than 180 entries were received this year, and after an intense judging process the field was narrowed down to 12 finalists – six for Winemaker of the Year and six for Young Winemaker of the year. The nominations are presented to the winemakers who produce a wine that the judging panel considers to be the best in a specified class. The category

In the latest round of industry awards, De Krans Wines excelled in both the Rosé Rocks Competition and Ultra Value Wine Challenge. The standout wine was the De Krans Premium Moscato Perlé Rosé 2022, which was not only awarded Sparkling of the Year at the Ultra event, but also received a Double Gold medal. The same wine also took home Gold at the Rosé Rocks Competition. The De Krans Pinotage Rosé 2022 was awarded Gold at both events, and the De Krans Free-Run Chenin Blanc 2022 was a Gold medal winner at the Ultra Challenge. The eighth annual Ultra Value Wine Challenge identifies the very best wine buys that sell for

De Krans Wines continued its winning streak at this year’s Veritas Award, scooping Gold medals for the De Krans Vintage Reserve 2018 and Garden Route Sauvignon Blanc 2022. The winners were announced at a special event in Paarl on 7 October. Regarded as SA’s premier wine competition, the 2022 Veritas Awards awarded 103 Double Gold and 136 Gold medals. 1 312 entries were received, which were judged by an authoritative panel of 70 local specialists during a five-day blind tasting session. Part of an award-winning lineage, the Cape Vintage Reserve 2018, De Krans’ flagship port-style wine, spent 20 months in a big oak vat and has a dark colour with a